1954 Jaguar XK 120

SE Roadster
Sale Price
$130,000 - $160,000
Est. Range
30 September 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
Auction House
Chassis no. S674747; Engine no. F1765-8S. Dark green with black cloth top over biscuit leather. 3442/180hp inline six, 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, Avon tires, Lucas tri-bar headlights, JDHT certificate documented.

Evaluation: Restored in 2004. One of 2194 left-hand drive SE (“Special Equipment”) roadsters. Very good paint, chrome, and interior. Orderly underbody and chassis. The windshield header is scratched from the top. Orderly engine compartment with little use but some age. An older restoration with little use and good care. Represented as the matching-numbers engine block.

Bottom Line: Sold by Gooding at Pebble Beach in 2015 for $220,000 with a little over 1,300 miles added to its odometer since then. It has deteriorated since then, but not as much as this result would indicate and is very good value for the money in this transaction, an XK 120 SE that is more than good enough to tour and show on weekends.

by Rick Carey
7 October 2022
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